A Lecture Demonstration with Pandit Mahapurush Misra
Broadcast as part of KPFA’s Festival of Indian Music in the summer of 1968, Graeme Vanderstoel, the then director of programs at the American Society for Eastern Arts, interviews Pandit Mahapurush Misra one of India’s foremost tabla players. Misra describes his instrument and provides multiple examples of the variety of rhythmic patterns utilized in classical Indian music. Misra says that to learn these intricate rhythms a classical trained tabla player first plays them at a slow tempo and only gradually builds up to the speed typically called for during an actual performance. The talk ends with a recording of a “Rupak Taal” which is a popular Hindustani form with seven beats and three divisions, performed here on the tabla with sarod and tamboura accompaniment.
Run time 41 min
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